In brief: Woolf opens professional witnesses body

An umbrella organisation to help professional witnesses was launched last Friday (8 November) by Lord Woolf, Master of the Rolls. The Expert Witness Institute aims to insure professionals have the necessary education, training, support and ability. The institute, set up as a rival to the Academy of Experts, aims to encourage people with relevant expertise to become witnesses in civil and criminal cases. It will also certify and approve experts.